George Osborn’s ESA double whammy

imagesGeorge Osborn wants to take away the extra money (£30) that the sick receive within their Employment and Support Allowance

Having a disability doesn’t mean you are ill. so it is possible to be claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at the same time.

At the same time it is also possible to be ill and have a disability. so it is possible to claim sickness benefit (Employment and Support Allowance) ESA and DLA/PIP at the same time.

DLA/PIP dispenses a disability premium into your main benefit (JSA or ESA)

ESA in itself attracts extra money by virtue of the WRAG group

As DLA/PIP also dispenses extra money in the form of a premium, this meant that ESA would attract 2 pots of extra money. The powers that were around then decided that ESA could only have one pot of money so they decided that ESA could not attract the DLA/PIP disability premium.

This status quo was upset when George Osborn declared that the WRAG group would lose £30 – remember that’s extra money ESA attracts due to the WRAG group, George took it away, leaving ESA with no extra money at all.

Now remember the relationship between JSA and DLA/PIP. – DLA/PIP gives JSA a disability premium (extra money)!

So now we are in the perverse situation of the sick who have a disability having no extra money because ESA cannot attract the DLA/PIP premium and the unemployed, who are not sick but have a disability, receiving extra money via the DLA/PIP premium.

What a mess, with the sick and the disabled yet again being a target for cuts by this government!

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7 responses to “George Osborn’s ESA double whammy

  1. Pingback: Government #Disablism Discrimination in Action | jaynelinney

    • Having won my apeal i now find myself in the ” WRAG ” I believe if the DM had investigated the data used at the Tribunal then it would be clear i should be in the Support group
      Having several Muscoskeletal conditions all asociated with chronic pain
      all classed as debilitating and degenerative with no expectation of improvement
      Fused Spine with degenerative disc disease at all levels of the lumbar a#spine along with plate irregularity “scheuermanns ” disease
      Scheuermann’s disease is notorious for causing lower and mid-level back and neck pain, which can be severe and disabling. The sufferer may feel pain at the apex of the curve, which can be aggravated by physical activity and by periods of standing or sitting;
      this can have a significantly detrimental effect to their lives as their level of activity is curbed by their condition

      Hip “Perthes Disease
      Common symptoms include hip, knee (hip pathology can refer pain to a normal knee), or groin pain, exacerbated by hip/leg movement, especially internal hip rotation (twisting the leg toward the center of the body). The pain is moderate to severe, at times rendering the patient unable to stand. There is a reduced range of motion at the hip joint, and there is a painful or antalgic gait. There may be atrophy of thigh muscles from disuse and an inequality of leg length. In some cases, some activity can cause severe irritation or inflammation of the damaged area including standing, walking, running, kneeling, or stooping repeatedly for an extended period of time. In cases exhibiting severe femoral osteonecrosis, pain is usually a chronic, throbbing sensation exacerbated by activity
      Also have refered pain and problems with the other leg due to altered walking patterns
      Arthritis and cartlidge
      Have developed problems in both kneecaps over the last year which are not helped by any increased mobility

      that apart i believe that the following regulation should be taken into consideration
      —————————
      The Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008
      Exceptional circumstances Regulation 29
      29. (1) A claimant who does not have limited capability for work as determined in accordance with the limited capability for work assessment is to be treated as having limited capability for work if paragraph (2) applies to the claimant.
      (2) This paragraph applies if—
      (b)the claimant suffers from some specific disease or bodily or mental disablement and, by reasons of such disease or disablement, there would be a substantial risk to the mental or physical health of any person if the claimant were found not to have limited capability for work.

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  3. Another error with benefits by the Tories.

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